[Coco] archivers was Re: Glenside IDE

Manny cocolist at invigorated.org
Sat Nov 10 14:45:39 EST 2007

Willard Goosey wrote:
>> Date: Thu, 08 Nov 2007 10:12:31 +0000
>> From: Manny <cocolist at invigorated.org>
>> Although a DSK image isn't compressed is it? It's a 1:1 copy of a disk, 
>> right? Not that it matters these days much... :)
> You're correct, but what does compression have to do with it being an
> file archive?  CP/M's lbr, UN*X's tar, ar(*), and cpio don't do
> compression either.

I was under the (wrong) assumption that older archivers were made with 
limited space in mind, so they would at least try and compress what was 
being thrown in to the archive to save some much needed space.

> Heck, aren't Mac .hqx files an uncompressed archive run through
> stuffit?

Ya got me, and I worked with them for years!


> Around here, zip'ed dsk files are almost as common as gzip'ed tar
> files are under Linux!
> *Not OS-9 ar, UN*X ar produces .a files that are usually used for
>  function libraries. (go fig!)  
> :-)
> Willard

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